On 1 July 2021, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) commenced in full and replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA). On this date, a transitional period also began for certain segments of the industry. This has now ended.
The table below provides details on current interim arrangements for special purpose vehicles and pathways for MVSA vehicles that were unable to be supplied before 30 June 2023.
Special purpose vehicles
Between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024, special purpose vehicles (SPVs), excluding trailers, must demonstrate compliance with Australian Design Rules (ADRs) applicable to brakes, lights and mirrors.
SPV trailers must demonstrate compliance with ADRs applicable to brakes, lights and mechanical connections.
SPVs will be granted concessional RAV entry approval, even if they cannot demonstrate compliance with applicable ADRs, as long as they meet all other entry criteria.
From 1 July 2024, SPVs must meet eligibility criteria set out in the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019, including demonstrated compliance with all applicable ADRs unless they can demonstrate that complying with an ADR means the vehicle would not be able to operate for the purpose for which it was designed.